Bell Tower introduces Trishaw for residents
On Thursday, October 17, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held at Bell Tower Assisi Hall to show off their new trishaw. A trishaw is a three-wheeled, pedal-powered bicycle with electric assistance that allows two passengers to sit in front while a volunteer cyclist ‘called a pilot’ pedals behind them.
What makes the trishaw so unique is that it gives passengers a similar experience to riding a bike to feel the wind in one’s hair is the philosophy of Cycling Without Age, a movement to get seniors back on bikes and out in the community again regardless of their physical abilities. It began seven years ago in Copenhagen and since then has spread to 40 countries worldwide. Now, it’s in Merrill at Bell Tower Residence.
“We are so pleased to have this trishaw,” Said Bell Tower administrator, Kris McGarigle. “I think more than we ever imagined. Our residents love the trishaw rides. It is such a great opportunity for our residents to experience the outdoors, enjoying the scenery and being part of the Merrill community. It seems each week we are thinking of new places to ride on the trishaw. We are so grateful to our major sponsors – Church Mutual and Knights of Columbus, individual donors and all who supported our St. Patrick’s FUNdraiser. This Trishaw truly is a product of the great and generous spirit of the community of Merrill!”
At the ribbon cutting McGarigle also tossed around the idea of getting a trailer so they can take the trishaw and residents for rides at different local parks, including Council Grounds.
“We are creating new memories at Bell Tower Residence as we enjoy our new Trishaw!” McGarigle concluded.